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RBB partners’ book published in China 27.04.17

On 22 April Daniel Gore spoke on The Role of Economics in Competition Law at a seminar in Beijing organised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The event marked publication by Law Press China of the local edition of The Economic Assessment of Mergers under European Competition Law (Cambridge University Press), authored by RBB partners Daniel Gore, Stephen Lewis and Andrea Lofaro with Frances Dethmers of law firm Clifford Chance. The translation project was supervised by senior staff at the National Development and Reform Commission, the agency responsible for antitrust enforcement in China, with the goal of providing a local language reference work for merger enforcers at the Ministry of Commerce.

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Bupa – Oasis Healthcare Group Ltd acquistion 28.03.17

On 16 March the UK Competition and Markets Authority cleared the acquisition by Bupa Finance plc of Oasis Healthcare Group Limited, one of the largest providers of dentistry services in the UK. RBB assisted Bupa throughout the acquisition and CMA notification process, undertaking extensive local analyses of dentistry practice overlaps and providing an assessment of the vertical relationship between medical insurance products supplied by Bupa and the provision of dentistry services.

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Car rental companies cleared of information sharing in France 28.03.17

In February 2017, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a decision dismissing concerns regarding information sharing between car-rental companies including Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Sixt. The FCA’s Statement of Objections had argued that the sending of monthly statistics by the airports to car rental companies, including inter alia rivals’ individualised market shares, was anti-competitive.

However, further analysis submitted to the FCA, including detailed economic evidence, established that these statistics could not help to achieve nor maintain coordination between the car rental companies. RBB Economics advised Hertz alongside law firm White & Case.

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RBB economists feature in future leaders list 14.03.17

RBB is proud to announce that 18 of our economists are among those selected by GCR for its Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017 publication. The guide, which aims to identify the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under, will come out in June. Congratulations to Adrian, Bojana, Christian, Ethel, Daniel, PatrickPaulYan, Joan, Andrea, Vitaly, Mihael, Francesco, Matthijs, Richard, Enrique, Petter and Niklas.

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Global developments in competition policy 01.03.17

RBB annual conference  – 15th March 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg

RBB Economics is pleased to invite you to a half day conference on significant issues and recent development in competition law and economics in South Africa and other competition law jurisdictions.

08:30  Breakfast & Registration

09:00  Welcome & Introduction

Session 1:   The changing role of competition economics across china, Europe and South Africa
Nicholas French, Fresh­elds Bruckhaus Deringer

Nicholas co-heads Fresh­eld’s China antitrust, competition and trade law practice. He currently splits his time between Beijing, Hong Kong and London, having been based exclusively in Beijing between 2009 and 2011. Nicholas has advised clients on a wide range of EU, UK and Asian competition issues, and hence is well placed to offer a comparative perspective on the use of economics within competition law across developed and developing jurisdictions, and how this is changing over time.

Session 2:  Panel discussion: Legal and economic challenges in private damages actions

Panellists
David Unterhalter, SC, Group 621
Hardin Ratshisusu, Competition Commission

A panel of experienced competition practitioners, will discuss the challenges facing plaintiffs and defendants, as well as the courts themselves, in private damages actions.

The session will also include a short overview of some of the key findings from the recently published European Commission study on the passing on of overcharges. The study was prepared by RBB Economics and the law rm Cuatrecasas, and is intended to provide judges and other practitioners with practical guidance on assessing economic evidence in relation to pass-on in the context of competition law infringements. The full report can be found here.

RSVP to johannesburg.conference@rbbecon.com

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